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Family

How to Apply to be a Foster Carer

Many people derive huge satisfaction from fostering vulnerable children. There is always a shortage of foster carers, with some areas being affected more than most. This guide will explain the process of applying to be a foster carer so you can fulfil your dream of helping children who desperately need a safe place to live. more

Commercial Law

Losing the Lot - How Does Company Insolvency Affect Pensions?

When British Home Stores (BHS) collapsed in April 2016, it cost the jobs of 11,000 employees and left thousands of former employees not knowing if the pension they paid into for years would reap any return. It was estimated it would cost £571 million to make up the shortfall in the pension scheme. Following a massive public backlash, including being labelled “Sir Shifty” by the Daily Mail, Sir Philip Green, a former owner of BHS (but not the owner when it fell into administration) injected £363 million into the pension fund to help plug the shortfall. more


Traffic

New Driving Laws Come Into Force In 2017

Many new driving laws will come into force in 2017. Are you aware of what they are and how they could affect you? From road tax to speeding fines, the new laws are designed to make roads safer and hit offenders hard where it hurts the most – their wallet. more

IT Law

How the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Will Affect Your Organisation

The UK’s Data Protection Act was passed almost twenty years ago. Since then, the collection and use of data by organisations, both public and private has changed enormously. Mobile phones now dominate how we receive and assimilate data. Giant corporations like Google and Facebook keep track of your online activities, so they can sell the information to advertisers and governments are demanding ‘big brother’ powers to access citizens’ data to protect people from terrorist attacks. more

Commercial Law

Have You Considered Franchising?

There comes a point where every business owner needs to consider what is the best way to grow their business. If you have built up a solid brand and a proven business model, you might want to consider franchising. more


Information Technology

Could AI Replace The Lawyer?

There is no doubt that artificial intelligence (AI) is going to change the world. And not in the next 100 years. Most experts are saying we will see massive changes in the next 20 years. A recent article in the New York Times states that recent advances in AI has led lawyers to worry that they will soon be collecting unemployment benefits, having been made redundant by robots. Is this the end of law as a profession? more


Immigration

Two Simple Ways to Ensure You Maintain Your Tier 2 Sponsor Licence

Over the past few years, the Home Office has been clamping down hard on employers who it believes are not in compliance with the Sponsor Licence duties and responsibilities. This has led to the downgrading, suspension and even revocation of Sponsor Licences becoming increasingly common. There are however two steps that businesses can take to ensure they not only maintain their Sponsor Licence but also, crucially, their A-rating. more

Residential Property

Taking Control - Collective Enfranchisements

Are you tired of being a leaseholder? Would you like to own the freehold of your building, so you can make your own decisions without being subject to your landlord’s whims? You may not be aware that subject to various qualifying criteria, tenants who hold long leases of flats have a collective right to buy the freehold of the building containing those flats together with any common areas (e.g. gardens and car parks). This is known as collective enfranchisement. more


Employment

The Nine Protected Characteristics Explained

The Equality Act 2010 outlines nine protected characteristics which it is illegal to discriminate against. It can be confusing for employers and employees to know how each characteristic is protected by law. This article is designed to help clear up any confusion. more

Company

How Third-Party Litigation Funding Can Be Used By Businesses

Pursuing litigation using funding provided by a third-party has rapidly gained a strong foothold internationally in the commercial world, becoming increasingly popular in the USA and Australia over the past few years. British lawyers and businesses have on the other hand been reluctant to embrace third-party litigation funding models, for reasons that can be traced to the ancient law of ‘Champerty’ and ‘Maintenance’. more

Commercial Law

The Role of a Notary in Maritime Matters

One of the lesser known functions of a notary involves the notarisation of matters relating to international shipping. Given that for most of civilisation’s history, the sea has been the main avenue for transporting goods and conducting trade between nations, the notary profession has had a long and distinguished involvement in the law of the sea. For example, during the colonisation of America, notaries, who were selected from individuals of the most principled character, where depended upon to provide impartial reports as to the cause of damage or loss of goods at sea. more


Civil Litigation

My House, My (Shoddy) Castle

The housing situation in Britain reached crisis point long ago. Many of those moving into a home of their own are buying new houses, a move that is supported by the government through schemes such as the Help to Buy Equity Loan scheme. But what if your dream new build turns out to be a nightmare of shoddy workmanship and numerous faults? Recently, Bovis Homes, one of the biggest housebuilders in the country was forced to pay £7 million to repair badly built homes have complaints from owners. Does this revelation mean more regulation is needed to ensure newly built homes meet a certain standard? And what can buyers do if their home has numerous serious defects? more


Criminal

The Rise of Slavery – Why Do We Ignore This Most Heinous Of Crimes?

When you think of the crime of slavery, what period of history does your mind automatically think off? Chances are, like most people, your mind immediately flashes to images of cotton and sugar cane-filled fields in North and South America, being toiled over by African slaves, shipped by the millions through the dreaded ‘middle passage’. more

Personal Injury

The Agony Of Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a death sentence. There is no cure and suffers usually die in agony, gasping for every last breath and finally suffocating. Terrifyingly, the cause of mesothelioma is all around us, in our homes, schools, government buildings and offices. more

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